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Clifford Chance LLP’s Ghanaian practice specialises in advising clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors on a wide range of transactions, including general lending, restructurings and inbound investments. London-based co-head Jeremy Connick assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank with two separate financings for Karadeniz Energy regarding the construction of power ships. Connick and Edmund Boyo jointly head the team.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s group is a popular choice for clients in the energy, infrastructure, mining and financial services sectors. Daniel Metcalfe advised Ecobank Ghana as the lender on various matters regarding the development and refurbishment of the Ghanaian airport network. Bayo Odubeko assisted Development Partners International with the sale of its 27% stake in CAL Bank. London-based trio Martin McCann, Andrew Buisson and senior associate Lisa Koch are the key names.

White & Case LLP regularly handles transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a particular strength in emerging markets. In 2017, Gareth Hodder transferred to the firm’s Johannesburg office from the London office, while the team was also bolstered by the arrival of Muzi Kubeka from Norton Rose Fulbright. Stuart Matty and Christopher Czarnocki are also noted.

Clyde & Co LLP’s group, which is part of the firm’s wider energy and natural resources department, specialises in acting for international and domestic clients in the oil and gas sector. Peter Stewart, who now leads the team following his arrival from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, advised GNPC on the second phase of negotiations regarding the development and delivery of natural gas from the Jubilee Oil Field, valued at $1.5bn. John Morris, who heads the firm’s wider Africa steering committee, assisted West African Gas with the development of a LNG import terminal, including advising on construction contracts. Named individuals are based in London.

At Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, the department handles various contentious and non-contentious matters for GNPC. Bradley Doline, Timi Balogun and Karl Behrouz advised GNPC on a number of issues regarding the development of an offshore oil and gas field. Peter Stewart is now at Clyde & Co LLP.

Dentons’ team, which is in association with JLD & MB Legal Consultancy, has experience advising the Ghanaian government. The London-based team includes capital markets specialist David Cohen and consultant Mary Boakye, who advises on international M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s multidisciplinary practice has significant expertise advising on private equity and growth equity matters, as well as handling transactions in the oil and gas, renewable energy and infrastructure sectors. Weyinmi Popo advised LeapFrog Investments on a $180m investment in Ghana’s largest and first publicly-listed insurer Enterprise Group. Peter Roberts has been assisting Tullow Oil with all aspects of its gas projects, including the arrangements for the sale and transportation of gas from a number of offshore fields. The team includes Christopher Grew and Jinal Shah. Pascal Agboyibor and Yves Lepage jointly head the wider Africa team in Paris. All partners are based in London unless otherwise stated.

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  • Bär & Karrer Advises CEVA Logistics on its IPO, the anchor investment by CMA CGM and its migration

    CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading third-party logistics companies, successfully priced its IPO and listed its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange, where trading commenced on 4 May 2018. With a market capitalization of CHF 1.6 billion and generating gross proceeds of CHF 821 million, this is so far considered as the largest IPO on the SIX Swiss Exchange for 2018. In addition, CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping group in the world, has committed to make a strategic cornerstone investment in CEVA Logistics by purchasing CHF 379 million of mandatory convertible securities which will convert into shares of CEVA Logistics once certain regulatory approvals have been obtained. Simultaneously with the IPO, CEVA Holdings, the former holding company of the CEVA group, migrated from the Marshall Islands to Switzerland by way of a cross-border merger with CEVA Logistic as the surviving company.
  • BAG: Employer not liable for harm caused by vaccine

    Employers who have flu vaccines administered within their company are not liable for any harm that might occur as a result of the vaccine. That was the verdict of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court, in a recent ruling.
  • Tax Update

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  • Bär & Karrer Advises on the Financing of the Largest Thermoelectric Plant in Latin America

    Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) has successfully issued bonds for approx. USD 1 billion equivalent in local currency at a fixed, long-term rate in international capital markets. The innovative bond issue is guaranteed by the Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV), the export credit agency of Switzerland. The bonds are part of a financial package to finance the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a thermoelectric power plant by CELSE in the state of Sergipe in the northeast region of Brazil. Besides the bond issue for approx. USD 1 billion, the transaction includes a USD 200 million loan from the International Finance Corporation and a financial package of the Inter-American Development Bank in the amount of approx. USD 300 million. Once operational expected for in 2020, CELSE will sell electricity to 26 distribution companies in Brazil, becoming the largest and most efficient thermoelectric plant in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • BAG: Threats made by employee can justify dismissal with immediate effect

    Employers do not have to accept threats made by employees. These can constitute good cause justifying extraordinary notice of dismissal with immediate effect, as demonstrated by a ruling of the Bundesarbeitsgericht (BAG), Germany’s Federal Labour Court.
  • SyCipLaw is Tier 1 Firm in IP STARS 2018 Rankings

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  • Bär & Karrer Advises on Partial Self-Tender Offer

    On 21 September 2017, an extraordinary shareholders' meeting of the SIX Swiss Exchange listed N.V. authorized the board of directors to repurchase up to 33 1/3% of the company's share capital by means of a partial self-tender offer. The resolution adopted under Dutch law contained detailed information, among others regarding the period for which the authorization is granted, the manner in which the shares are repurchased and the price range within which the offer price must be set.
  • New Serbian Law on Foreigners Adopted

    In March 2018, the new Serbian Law on Foreigners was adopted, replacing the 2008 version of this law- in force until recently without any amendments. The new law will enter into force on 3 October 2018.
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    On 20 April 2018, the amendments to the Law on Foreign Exchange (the “Law ”) were adopted and will enter into force on 28 April 2018 . Exceptionally, the application of certain provisions related to the assuming of competencies over foreign exchange control by the National Bank of Serbia is delayed until 1 January 2019.
  • Bär & Karrer Advises Vyaire Medical on its Acquisition of Acutronic Medical Systems

    Vyaire Medical, Inc., a global leader in respiratory care, acquired all shares in the Acutronic Medical Systems group, a Switzerland and Germany-based leader in the design and manufacture of neonatal ventilation equipment.